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It doesn't take Hollywood - Even Iowa links creativity and growth
by Jeffrey Jolson
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine Translate This Article
20 September 2008
On 20 September 2008 Hollywood Today Newsmagazine reported:
When creative people flock together -- like those in Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa -- the economy benefits, finds a new report by University of Iowa economics professor John Solow.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of business.
Professor Solow, of the university's Tippie College of Business, modeled his Creativity Index after the one developed by economist Richard Florida.
Florida suggests that the economy of the United States is becoming a 'knowledge-based' economy driven by creative initiatives. People who will be the most successful in a knowledge-based economy, Florida says, will be those who work in creative professions.
'As a result, Florida argues those places that will fare best economically are the places that are most attractive to creative people,' the article explained.
Using this argument, Solow ranked all of Iowa's 99 counties in terms of creativity.
Jefferson County ranked in the top ten on the Creativity Index.
Hollywood Today reported, 'The towns of Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City are both located in Jefferson County, homes to the largest number of practitioners of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, taking place twice daily in the two Golden Domes on the campus of Maharishi University of Management.'
The article also pointed out, 'M.U.M and the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, whose students win more top prizes in academics and sporting events than any other school of its size, are both based in Fairfield.'
Other signs of an artistic and creative community include Fairfield's First Friday's Art Walk, 'leading to the cultural distinction as one of the Great Places in Iowa,' the article stated.
The article explained that many homes and businesses in this part of Jefferson County are built on the 'health-enhancing and fortune-producing effects of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, ancient Vedic architectural principles, also incorporating current green sustainable practices.'
Maharishi Vedic City, located just north of Fairfield, also is the home of The Raj, America's premier Ayurvedic Health Spa.
The Raj is among the top 12 authentic health spas in the world and ranks number five in the United States.
The article also noted, 'Fairfield was also chosen nationally for the top Entrepreneurial Award for cities of populations of 10,000.'
And, Fairfield is prospering.
The top 10 counties on the Iowa Creativity Index are: Johnson, Story (home to the state's two largest universities), Linn, Polk (home to Iowa's two largest metro areas and financial centres), Scott, Jefferson, Black Hawk, Dallas, Jasper, and Woodbury.
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